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South African Paul Willemse Included In France Six Nations Squad

South Africa-born Paul Willemse was one of five uncapped players named by Jacques Brunel Wednesday in the France squad for the two opening matches of the Six Nations. Ex-Bulls lock Willemse, 26, qualifies for his adoptive country on residency grounds having spent more than three years with Top 14 clubs Montpellier and Grenoble. The Pretoria native received his citizenship in …

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Ultan Dillane Signs Contract Extension With Connacht Rugby

Connacht second-row Ultan Dillane has signed a contract extension that will see the Kerry man remain with the western province until 2021. The 11-time capped international left Munster in 2012 to join the Connacht Academy and made his debut for the first team in 2014 whilst still an academy player. Dillane’s first three games with the first team came against …

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Leigh Halfpenny To Miss Six Nations Opener Due To Concussion

Wales’s key player full-back Leigh Halfpenny is likely to miss the beginning of his country’s Six Nations campaign due to an ongoing battle with a concussion, his Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said Tuesday. The 30-year-old has been out of action since the Test with Australia on November 10 and Pivac said the latest prognosis had been made following a …

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Padraig Harrington Named European Captain For 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington has officially been announced as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup which will be held in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. The three-time major winner was the clear favourite to take over from Thomas Bjorn and lead Europe into enemy territory as they attempt to defend the title they won in Paris last year. The Dubliner has appeared at …

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Covington on White: “He Has No Morals Or Values”

UFC welterweight contender, Colby Covington has put Dana White on blast following the UFC president’s decision to pass him up on a UFC title shot.  Earlier this week it was announced that Kamaru Usman will challenge the long-reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March. Covington won the interim-title last year and was expected the face Woodley on …

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Report: Alex Ferguson Delivers Rousing Speech To Man Utd Squad

Manchester United’s legendary former manager Alex Ferguson delivered a rousing call to arms to the players, insisting they could make the club successful again, a source close to the Premier League team told The Sun. The 77-year-old Scot — who guided United to numerous trophies including two Champions League titles during his 27-year reign — has played an increasingly prominent …

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Munster’s Ian Keatley To Leave Province At The End Of The Season

Munster out-half Ian Keatley is set to leave the provincial outfit at the end of this season for pastures new in Italy.  The Limerick Leader today confirmed that Keatley will join Benetton Treviso Rugby at the end of this season when his contract expires. The 31-year-old is yet to start for Munster this season falling behind new addition Joey Carbery, …

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TJ Doheny Signs With Eddie Hearn & Will Defend World Title This Month

World Champion, TJ Doheny will defend his IBF world Super-Bantamweight title on January 18 in New York it has been confirmed after he signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.  The Portlaoise native has fought his entire professional career out of Australia and capped off 10-years as a pro in 2018 when he upset the odds to defeat Ryosuke Iwasa via unanimous …

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Connacht’s Cian Kelleher Will Return To Leinster Next Season

It has been confirmed this morning Connacht winger, Cian Kelleher will return to Leinster next season. Kelleher came up through the Leinster Academy but turned down a promotion to the senior set-up in 2016 in order to pursue more game time out west. According to Gavin Cummiskey of The Irish Times, Leo Cullen wanted to keep the highly-rated youngster in …

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French Rugby Rocked By Fourth Death In Eight Months

French rugby was left mourning the death of a 23-year-old student on Monday, the fourth young player to have died in eight months. Nathan Soyeux, who was not registered with the French rugby federation (FFR), passed away in Dijon on Sunday, having been admitted to hospital after an adverse reaction to a tackle in a match at a tournament for …

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Siya Kolisi: Mandela Would Not Have Supported Current Racial Quota

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi has said he does not believe iconic former South African president Nelson Mandela would have backed racial quotas for the national team.   Speaking to a Japanese news agency during a recent visit to that country, Kolisi said: “I don’t think he (Mandela) would have supported that (quotas), but I don’t know him. “I would not …

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Robbie Henshaw In Contention For Toulouse After Injury Return

Fans of both Leinster and Ireland will be buoyed by the news today that Robbie Henshaw has returned to training earlier than expected after suffering a hamstring injury in November. The 25-year-old suffered the injury during the warm-up for Ireland’s November series test match with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. At the time it was expected that Henshaw would be out …

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Chicago Bears Hit Post & Crossbar In Agonising Last Second Loss

Defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia edged the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Chargers ousted Baltimore from the championship chase in two NFL playoff thrillers Sunday. Bears kicker Cody Parkey clanked a 43-yard field goal attempt off the left upright and crossbar with five seconds remaining as the Eagles sealed a 16-15 victory at Chicago. “It came down to the …

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Dele Alli Vows To End Tottenham’s 11-Year Trophy Drought In 2019

Dele Alli has pledged to end Tottenham’s 11-year wait for a major trophy as his side head into an explosive League Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea. Tottenham haven’t won a leading competition since they beat Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final. But Tottenham midfielder Alli is convinced the north London club will finally add to their trophy cabinet this …

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Freddie Roach: Mayweather Will Fight Winner Of Pacquiao/Broner

Legendary boxing coach, Freddie Roach is sure that Floyd Mayweather will return to the boxing ring in 2019 to take on the winner of Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner. “Money” Mayweather returned to the ring on New Year’s Eve for a three-round exhibition bout with Tenshin Nasukawa under the Rizin banner. Mayweather ended the fight inside the first round, knocking down …

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